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  1. support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

    As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

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      12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Use Nuget to install most of the components

      Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

      This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

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        under review  ·  17 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make System.Data available to Metro style apps

        Although, it seems clear that some of the decisions with the "Metro" apps are built so that apps will be able to go between devices, I would like to see the System.Data namespace supported in them. An example, you want to connect to a "local" SQL Express database without having to run a middle tier web-site or application that can talk to the database. Why shouldn't a Metro app run on a desktop be able to connect in the same way that a WinForms app can? The framework was supposed to abstract us from hardware and other changes yet as…

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          22 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve WPF 3D

          In general, simply invest in improving the 3D framework. Specifically, add the ability (for users) to create and instantiate high level 3D elements in xaml (e.g. allow Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, etc. to be "native" WPF objects).

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            3 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

            If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

            Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

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              14 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add submodule support in Visual Studio Git Extension

              In the Visual Studio Git extension cloning a repo ignores submodules. When a repo is cloned it should perform a recursive clone through the submodules.

              Also, submodules are not shown correctly for commits. Please add support for git submodules.

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              • In VS 2013, allow ability to run the "Change Authentication" wizard AFTER project is created

                VS 2013 has a "Change Authentication" feature invoked when you create a project.

                You cannot run it standalone and worse of all you cannot run it after the project has been created.

                Consider e.g. having a VS 2012 project and wanting to upgrade to VS 2013 and use AAD instead of ADFS.

                Not a new project so can't use the "Change Authentication" wizard. Never used AAD before so no idea what the WIF constructs are!

                Or wanting to migrate a build from Test to Prod. You do not want to manualy update the web.config, figure out the certificate thumbprint etc.

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                  6 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Bring back support for Smart Device Extensions

                  Microsoft caused outrage when without warning or explanation they dropped support for the Smart Device Extensions. Meaning that there is no support for both managed (Compact Framework) and unmanaged (C++) development for the Windows CE platform.

                  Microsoft promised support would be added by the time VS2010 was released but then back tracked, to date the official line is use VS2008. This product is nearly 4 years old, it is becoming increasingly more impractical to use VS2008 solely for the purpose of developing for the Windows CE platform. Many development teams invested heavily in the benefit of having a single UI…

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                    17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include Pex and Moles with all Visual Studio editions

                    Include Pex and Moles with all editions of Visual Studio including Professional edition rather than being restricted to developers with Premium or Ultimate editions of Visual Studio. This will allow all Visual Studio developers to leverage the capabilities of the Moles mocking library and the additional feedback for Unit Testing available with Pex.

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                      18 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Work item control that allows a selection of multiple values

                      Having a multi-select control that work in VS, Web access, that is easy to query and populates the reporting cube would helpfull in many scenarios.

                      The current work around (ex: http://witcustomcontrols.codeplex.com/) is far from empassing all the above requirements

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                      • C# support static extension methods like f#

                        C# support static extension methods like f#

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                          10 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow Windows Phone 8 Development on non-SLAT processors

                          I'm sure there are many developers out there with "older" systems that are completely capable of running Windows 8 64-bit and Visual Studio 2012 but are not able to develop and test Windows Phone 8 applications because of Microsoft's choice to make the Windows Phone 8 emulator a Hyper-V virtual machine. There should be a mechanism to run the emulator using either VMware Player or VirtualBox which will use SLAT if it's present but will continue to work if it isn't or update Hyper-V to do the same.

                          I don't understand this choice as I am able to write applications…

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                            34 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • New VS option "Go To Definition Implementation"

                            VS offers an option “Go to Definition” when you want to see a function definition; however, if your object is implementing an interface this option takes to that particular interface and you are forced to look for the object that implements this particular method. I propose a new option called “Go to Definition Implementation” which would take you to the object that implements that particular interface.

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                              15 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • New Work Item Control: Checkbox

                              Creating string fields with "Yes" and "No" (or "True" or "False", or "1" and "0") as allowed values, is a viable "workaround" for a Yes/No field - but still, a real checkbox control would make it even better.

                              btw: Checkboxes are a Windows control introduced from the very beginning (Windows 1 actually, I checked. ;)

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                              • open source Windows Forms

                                Windows Forms is still the mostly used desktop technology for Windows Desktop Apps world wide, and WPF is only very slowly catching up. Still today, even the most new Desktop Applications projects become Windows Forms Apps, and on Windows CE industry devices, Windows Forms is often without alternative. Open Sourcing Windows Forms would allow the community to extend Windows Forms with functionality like true Mvvm support or seemless High Dpi scaling to find an easier, albeit long-term migration path to newer UI technologies, and it would increase business apps count for Windows 10, which derive from a new WinForms Developing…

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                                  11 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide the ability to convert a work item to a different type

                                  ...for example, change an existing work item from an Issue to a Bug, etc.

                                  Users less familiar with the system frequently enter work items using the wrong work item type. Currently, you can't fix these items.

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                                  • Implement x:Bind for WPF

                                    Please implement the x:Bind feature from Universal Windows Apps in WPF.

                                    See http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/2015/3-635 for a presentation on x:Bind.

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                                      6 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide Better DirectX support in WPF

                                      These DirectX support classes are new in WinRT / Metro. Please provide them in WPF.

                                      SurfaceImageSource enables full composition of DirectX content into a XAML app. This allows drawing DirectX content into the XAML visual tree, useful for complex image effects, data visualization, and other immediate-mode drawing scenarios.

                                      VirtualSurfaceImageSource is used for large-scale virtualized content. This is targeted toward apps that require panning and zooming of large content, like maps and document viewers.

                                      SwapChainBackgroundPanel targets full-screen, DirectX-focused scenarios. This is great for games and other low-latency, full-screen DirectX apps with a XAML overlay.

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                                        9 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make (editing) Typing/Scrolling more responsive

                                        There is a visible lag between the moment you press a key and the moment this translates into a character on the screen. Things like Go To Definition, and scrolling, can hang for several seconds.

                                        It appears to get worse over time as you work in the editor.

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                                          9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Reduce overall build time and provide better feedback on the progress in the UI.

                                          Building currently completely blocks the UI, and no progress is shown. Just showing a responsive, non-blocking UI windows which shows progress and has a working cancel button would be a great addition.

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                                            12 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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